(aka "The Story of Adele H." )

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France 1975

The Story Of Adèle H. (aka: L'histoire d'Adèle H.), a story of unrequited love, was a major success for Truffaut. It's certainly one of his better films but its success may well depend on each viewer's sensibility. Truffaut tells his story (which is a true one) with some detachment, which does keep this story of overwhelming, blind infatuation at a distance. Adèle isn't always a sympathetic character, deceiving her parents about her non-existent marriage to Pinson and later trying to attract him by pretending to be pregnant. It's a tribute to Isabelle Adjani's performance, which was Oscar-nominated, that Adèle does keep as much of our sympathy as she does. Adjani was 19 at the time, though playing a woman who was actually 33. Bruce Robinson (then an actor, but later a screenwriter and director) is suitably handsome but rather blank as the object of Adèle's desire, and you may well wonder what she sees in him. As a result, there's something of an arm's-length feel to this film, despite Truffaut's careful craftsmanship. Nestor Almendros' photography is a major asset, deliberately subdued during the scenes in Nova Scotia that form the bulk of the film, brighter in the final scenes set in Barbados though filmed in Dakar.

Excerpt of Gary Couzen's review at VideoVista located HERE

Theatrical Release: October 8, 1975

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Runtime 1:37:30 1:33:36 (4% PAL speedup)
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1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
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Audio French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English (HoH only), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Greek, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM (US)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: 2001
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MGM (Europe)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

 

DVD Release Date: August 4, 2003
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Chapters 16

 

Comments

Similar issue with some MGM DVDs. Image quality is close, but looking at the last capture we can see the superior contrast, brightness and richer color of the Region 1 DVD. More DUBs and subtitles on the PAL but everything else is a wash. This is an underrated film - buy the NTSC - it is very reasonably priced.

NOTE: The Europe version has only English Hearing Impaired subtitles and they come up even in English dialogue.

- Gary Tooze

 



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Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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